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Best for Travelers: Hotels.com
"A solid, easy choice for the person with high wanderlust."
Best for Entrepreneurs: Moo
"A small gesture to show major support for the business owner in your life."
Best for Techies: Best Buy
"This single card can be used toward a variety of quality brands."
Best for New Parents: Tidy
"A service that helps any stressed, overworked parent relax a bit."
Best for the Budget Conscious: Groupon
"The options for products, services, and adventure are absolutely endless with this single card."
Best for Homeowners: Z Gallerie
"This store can be a bit pricey, so a gift card will help ease the sticker shock."
Best for Fitness Pros: ClassPass
"This card makes getting fit on your own schedule a breeze."
Best for Pet Parents: Petco
"Show pet parents some love with a personalized gift card for their furry friend."
Best for Beauty Lovers: Sephora
"Product junkies can get their hands on the brands they love and ones they’ve been dying to try."
Sometimes gift cards can feel like a last minute afterthought. But that doesn't have to be the case, especially when you find a card that's just right for the person in your life. Because most retailers offer gift cards, there's no shortage of options that can be shipped or even sent via email.
To get you started, here are the best gift cards for everyone on your list.
The person who’s always on the go will absolutely appreciate a Hotels.com gift card. Instead of a card to a specific airline or even a hotel chain, this gives them access to thousands of lodging options around the world—and you can add up to $2000, which covers a few nights in even the swankiest of locations. You don’t have to worry about any fees and your recipient doesn’t have to worry about the card expiring. You can even exchange gift cards you currently have for a Hotels.com one. Send your gift card via mail or email (for those last minute gifts) and choose from a pre-selected design or upload your own photo.
Even in such a tech heavy world, nothing can replace a great business card. This is especially true for anyone starting a new business. Moo offers unique business cards that really stand out with a variety of shapes, lettering, and foils. The site also offers notebooks, stationery, and marketing materials like flyers, posters, and menus. The digital card can be sent directly to you so you can print it out or emailed directly to the recipient. One handy feature is you can schedule the date you want the card to be emailed to your recipient, so you can shop ahead of time without ruining the surprise.
Everyone knows that person who’s always up on the latest gadgets and releases or who can tinker with anything and get it working again. While it might be difficult to find a specific product they’ll love, a gift card to Best Buy, which sells, well, pretty much everything, is a great option. Whether the person is an Apple or an Android, seeking a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, this gift card covers all of the above and more. You can select the usual e-card that gets emailed to the recipient or you choose to have a card mailed, which is free for orders over $25.
Anyone can appreciate a service that makes their lives easier, but a new parent will forever be grateful for such a gift. Tidy is a company that sends background checked and verified “homekeepers” to spruce up your space. This will immediately take the load off of an exhausted parent who’s juggling other tasks. The homekeepers come bearing baby safe, non-toxic products to clean any room. Send a gift card and specify when you’d like the Tidy crew to contact the recipient by email. The card can be used for specific services or packages that range from cleaning your house for one to four hours.
Wanna know one thing a budget shopper loves? Saving money on top of money. So a Groupon gift card that opens up a world of products and experiences at a discounted price is sure to please even the most frugal person. Because Groupon offers such a wide variety, their cards are varied as well. You can choose a dollar amount gift card that can be used toward anything or get super specific. The adventure, dinner date, spa, etc. gift cards can be loaded with a specific amount of money and used toward those specific activities. So if your recipient sees an amazing Groupon deal for a vacation or dinner they'd love, he or she can use the card toward those respective deals.
Decorating an apartment or house to make it feel like a home can be pretty expensive. Help the new homeowner in your life offset those expenses with a card from Z Gallerie. The store offers everything to outfit a home from top to bottom—literally. Gift cards can go up to $995 and can easily help the recipient buy some decorative items or cut down on the cost of that expensive piece of furniture they’ve had their eye on. One thing to note, the Z Gallerie cards are send via postal mail and can take up to nine business days to receive, so plan ahead.
Regardless of the time of year, getting in shape is usually on most people’s list of things to do. ClassPass offers flexibility for anyone who gets workout fatigue and likes to switch things up or someone who prefers a class environment to free time at the gym. With access to more than 30,000 small studios and gyms, a gift card can truly open up a world of fitness and exercise classes. Choose any amount for a gift card and the recipient can apply the money toward a monthly membership that offers flexibility and can be cancelled anytime.
You’ll never have a hard time remembering which one of your friends has a pet— they're always willing to share pics of their adorable fur babies. You could give the owner a gift, but why not go for something their pet will love, too? Petco gift cards can be emailed, mailed, or printed out and placed in a card. Choose from one of several designs or, for digital cards, upload your own design. The recipient will absolutely go crazy over a gift card with their pet's photo on the front.
It’s practically impossible to walk into any Sephora and not be tempted by all of the lotions and potions. A gift card that never expires is sure to warm the hard of any beauty lover. Sephora is known for their wide array of makeup and skincare brands, but their beauty products also include perfume, body products, and hair tools. Pretty much anything you can use on your face or body, they’ve got it. And one really handy thing about the gift cards is they can be redeemed at JCPenney locations that include Sephora merchandise, as well.
Going to the movies is just downright expensive. A ticket alone can be costly but once you add on a beverage and popcorn? The price skyrockets. The frequent movie goer in your life probably already purchases their tickets from Fandango, so a gift card is a smart option. The site features a network of movie theaters to choose from. Select a collectible gift card that features a popular movie on the front or create your own design. Take it one step further and purchase the Dinner and a Movie gift card which includes $25 towards tickets and $25 that can be redeemed at a pre-selected restaurant.
All wine lovers know and love Winc. It’s the monthly subscription that sends bottles of vino directly to the recipient's doorstep. So naturally, a gift card is a surefire way to please any wine-o. A card allows the recipient to select their favorite bottle of Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot, or a variety that’s absolutely new to them. Also, you can add up to $600 on a single card. That’s a lot of wine!
Nothing can ever substitute a good home cooked meal, but some nights you just want to relax on the couch and let someone else do all the work, so takeout is the best option. Seamless makes it easy to decide where to order from, giving you all of your options in once place—homebodies across the national are pretty familiar with them. A gift card can be used for a variety of neighborhood eats, whether the person wants to get the usual or try a new spot. The cards never expire, come in physical or digital form, and are a breeze to use on mobile or Seamless’ app.
Finally, we all have the one person in our life. You love them dearly, but they’re absolutely impossible to shop for. It might be a case of them having everything they already need or their tastes are constantly changing. Either way, Etsy should have something even the pickiest person will love and swoon over. The site sells truly unique goods, vintage decor, and handcrafted items for your closet, home, and more. What’s even better is they'll be supporting independently owned businesses and artists. A true win for everyone involved.